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Monday, October 01, 2007


Al Gore claims:

We can’t sell our cars in China today because we don’t meet the Chinese emissions standards.

And Sir Nicholas Stern dutifully repeats:

You can’t export an American car to China: it does not satisfy the emissions standards.

Take a look, gentlemen:
Via a Chinese-reading correspondent, who emails: “Not only is China importing US vehicles. Not only are they importing gas-guzzling US Hummers. Now they’re importing US Hummers stretched to breaking point.

“This Hummer is 10.5 metres long, weighs 5 tons, cost more than RMB 4 million (around US$500,000), and uses 30 litres of fuel per 100 km. It costs over 10,000 RMB (more than US$1,000) to fill up the tank! The owner says it is fully imported from the US and has a Bose sound system.

“Now, where were those regulations again? You know, the ones that prevent US imports ...”

UPDATE. Reaction at Andrew’s place:

I’ve just come back from China and you’d have to be blind to miss all the American cars. Note to the Goreacle: Have a look in Beijing and you’ll find more than one Buick dealership ... not to mention the others. This guy really is hoping that people who don’t know any better won’t question what he has to say …

Nick Stern repeated Gore’s lie during an appearance at Australia’s National Press Club; not one question from an entire roomful of journalists. Another comment:

It is not merely the fact that you can see any number of American cars on China’s streets that is so damning of Mr Gore’s integrity, it is that you can see their exhaust. I mean not in the sense of a little whisp of smoke. I mean if you lined up Tim Blair in a V8 Monaro and told him to smoke his wheels as much as he could, he couldn’t compete with the smoke produced by your average Chinese bus.

I’d still like to try. Meanwhile, Arrowhead points out:

Goreworld sure is a funny place. Meanwhile, in real actual China, “last year sales of imported vehicles with engines greater than 3L surged 59.2 percent”.

It’s possible one or two US-made cars might be in that number.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/01/2007 at 11:51 AM
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